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Ditchling Fair Day & Our Homemade lemonade stall

On Saturday 16th June Ditchling will be holding its slightly eccentric and brilliant bi-annual Fair that takes over the village in the best way – from an early morning town crier to the Jack & Jill race (up the hill with a leaking pail of water), music, maypole dancing, merry-go-rounds, spoken word tent and quite a few scarecrows. Now in its 706th year, it’s a unique event and well worth a visit for both children and adults.

We’ll be supporting the Fair with a traditional lemonade stand and would love to see you there.  If you feel like making a full day of it our Shack will be open all day for pizza and BBQ or you can book a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner to make sure you’ll be getting properly refreshed at some point.

London to Brighton Bike Ride + Father’s Day

The day after Ditchling Fair – the London to Brighton Bike Ride comes straight through the village on Sunday 17th June and often the riders stop with us before ‘the big hill’ (aka The Ditchling Beacon) it’s always great fun to raise a glass or cheer them on  for the last push to get to Brighton.

It’s also Father’s Day on 17th June so why not bring your dad out for a treat – breakfast, lunch or dinner and a beer or two?  In fact we’ll shout your dad his first beer if you book a table with us to celebrate this being the first year we actually take bookings  – or as usual it will be first come first served in the rest of the pub (but no free beers!). Click here to book your table.

Coffee Loyalty Cards

We’re now offering local organic coffee from the good people at Brighton’s Red Roaster – the only certified organic roaster in the South, located in the heart of Kemptown.  Their coffee is excellent and we love their ethics and commitment to fair trade as they directly support the Rwandan farmers that supply their coffee beans (to find out more visit

To help you get in our coffee habit we’re offering new loyalty cards – buy 9 coffees get your 10th free – come and pick one up at the bar.  Our coffee cups are fully compostable (supplied by Red Roaster) or bring in your own cup for us to fill – our team are fully barista trained and Phil can do a very nice decoration if he has the time or inclination – just don’t ask Philomena…

The Beach, Jaws and Top Gun – Free Summer Outdoor Social Cinema

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to our Facebook post with their feedback on movies for our Social Cinema nights …we’re so excited now! The decisions are:

Saturday 9th June The Beach
Saturday 14th July Jaws
Saturday 11th August Top Gun

We’ll be starting the movies at 8pm it’s all free, no tickets required. The Shack will be open and we have some blankets to hand out but you might want to bring your own or a cushion and something warm to wear.

New Drinks Menu

We had a great time celebrating English Wine week with our 5 course wine supper hosted by our friends at Ridgeview and enjoying their beautiful newly branded bottles (and what’s in them!). Our full drinks menu has taken years to develop and we work closely with fantastic suppliers Hennings Wine to offer over 20 wines by the glass that you can also have by the bottle – we have just added some new wines for summer drinking, we hope you like them.

In addition, over 40 spirits are available at the bar and we have expanded our premium spirits range – Phil is a big fan of gin and we know that quite a few of you have been enjoying his latest acquisitions – from Salcombe gin that goes particularly well with pink grapefruit to the deservedly popular Bathtub gin with their distinctive wrapped bottles. Not forgetting our own brewery, ‘Bedlam’ with it’s changing seasonal ales along with other great speciality beers to try – there’s always a new drink to tempt you!

Recent reviews in the Press

We’ve been lucky enough to have some great feedback in the press recently – so we thought you might want to take a look at the reviews from The Mail on Sunday and The Metro rather than always take our word for things. A big thank you to writers Sarah Turner and Tracey Davies for their kind reviews.

Read Daily Mail Review

Read Metro Review

Early Bird Room Offers

Although we’re not wishing the Summer away – we know that it’s always nice to have something to look forward to when you come back from your holidays. So we’re offering some early bird bookings for those cosy Autumn minibreaks when the fires get lit and British pubs come into their own.Book now for stays during October and November and receive a 15% discount off your room rate. When making your booking please quote EARLYBULL and you’ll have something to lift your spirits in a few months time. Our discount code is valid until the end of July 2018.

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